Italy’s 24-hour coronavirus death toll is continuing to fall, while the US city of New Orleans has begun easing lockdown conditions, as France reopens its beaches.
Italy's 24-hour coronavirus death toll is continuing to fall, while the US city of New Orleans has begun easing lockdown conditions, as France reopens its beaches.
Italy has recorded the lowest number of deaths in a 24-hour period since early in its coronavirus lockdown at just 153.
That brings the total in the epidemic to 31,763, the civil protection agency reported on Saturday. The last time the death count was that low was March 9, the day after the nationwide lockdown was announced.
Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has acknowledged that the reopening of the Italian economy brings a risk of new outbreaks of the coronavirus but said ''we must accept it".
Mr Conte told reporters during a press conference that the nationwide lockdown that began in early March had brought ''the expected results", putting the country in a position to expand economic activity in the second phase of reopening.
Stores, bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and museums are among the business and cultural activities that can resume starting Monday.
Gyms and swimming pools can reopen a week after. Travel between regions and into Italy from abroad will be permitted starting June 3.
New Orleans began taking its first steps Saturday (local time) toward loosening two months of restrictions on businesses, restaurants and houses of worship.
The city is restricting buildings to 25 per cent of capacity and requiring restaurants, nail salons and other businesses to only take customers by reservation.
Shopping centres and retail stores can reopen, but casinos, video poker, live entertainment and bars are still closed.
Officials are still urging people to stay home as much as possible and requiring people to wear masks in public unless exercising.
Several dozen protesters have meanwhile gathered in front of the New York state Capitol holding American flags and signs demanding that businesses reopen.
Gov Andrew Cuomo began to allow large swaths of northern and central New York to begin reopening on Friday, permitting certain businesses such as construction to open their doors under safety guidelines.
But residents in downstate areas hard-hit by cases of COVID-19 remain under tight restrictions as their communities try to lower infection rates and amass enough testing and tracing to reopen in coming weeks.
Hundreds of beaches in France have reopened with restrictions, including no sunbathing.
Local authorities will decide which beaches would reopen after the French government gave the green light as part of its staggered plan to end a strict two-month lockdown that began March 17 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, visiting a beach in Normandy, warned "we won't hesitate" to close beaches if rules aren't respected.
British authorities have reported 468 more COVID-19 deaths in their latest daily update, bringing the country's overall death toll to 34,466.
The deaths include those in hospitals, nursing and care homes and the wider community.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says he'll ask Parliament for what he hopes will be the last extension of the state of emergency.
Mr Sánchez says he'll seek the support of the legislature to support a one-month extension of the state of emergency that gives his government extraordinary powers to maintain the nation's two-month lockdown.
Previously, Mr Sánchez received parliamentary support for two-week extensions to the state of emergency that took effect on March 14 and expires May 24.
Health authorities reported 102 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, taking Spain's death toll to 27,563.
Over a month ago Spain, had more than 900 deaths a day before the lockdown measures for an outbreak that's infected a confirmed 276,505.
Turkey's health ministry says 41 more people have died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4096.
The death rate is the lowest registered since the end of March.
Minister Fahrettin Koca also tweeted Saturday that 1610 new infections were confirmed, which brings the total number of confirmed cases 148,067.
Nepal has reported its first confirmed coronavirus death.
The Health Ministry says a new mother fell sick and died Thursday at a hospital near Kathmandu. Hospital results showed she tested positive for the virus.
Nepal has 281 confirmed coronavirus cases. A lockdown on March 24 has been extended several times and scheduled to end Sunday.
Hungary's government says coronavirus restrictions will gradually lift in Budapest starting next week.
Because of more infections, the capital city trails the rest of the country, where restrictions were eased May 4.
In Budapest, all stores will be allowed to open from Monday, though the use of face masks or scarves will remain mandatory in stores and on public transportation.
Coronavirus: what you need to know
What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?
The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar, as they both can cause fever and respiratory issues.
Both infections are also transmitted the same way, via coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.
The speed of transmission and the severity of the infection are the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu.
The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms is typically shorter with the flu. However, there are higher proportions of severe and critical COVID-19 infections.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing involved minimising contact with people and maintaining a distance of over one metre between you and others.
When practicing social distancing, you should avoid public transport, limit non-essential travel, work from home and skip large gatherings.
It is okay to go outdoors. However, when you do leave home, avoid touching your face and frequently wash your hands.
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